Balance and Hearing: At Risk From Drugs - CMEZ60240

Balance and Hearing: At Risk From Drugs

by Dana Bartlett, MSN, MA, RN, CSPI
(4.7 / 77 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (3.50 Credits)
Physician (3.50 Credits)

Price: $38.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.00


Many common medications can cause ototoxicity. The onset of toxicity can be subtle, but the impact of this quiet damage on a patient’s well-being can be profound. Drug-induced ototoxicity can produce anything from mild hearing loss to bilateral deafness, and it can cause balance problems severe enough to prevent employment. This course will help the reader understand ototoxicity, its causes. and the appropriate nursing care. Topics include anatomy and physiology, ototoxic substances, signs and symptoms of ototoxicity, risk factors, assessment, and nursing interventions.


The goal of this continuing education program is to increase the healthcare professional’s knowledge about the causes and treatment of ototoxicity and to educate them to recognize and prevent ototoxicity in patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the structure and function of the inner ear
  • Identify common ototoxic substances
  • Identify signs and symptoms of ototoxicity
  • Discuss the risk factors of ototoxicity
  • Explain ototoxicity assessment skills
  • Explain nursing interventions for the prevention of ototoxicity and the care of ototoxic patients

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 12/28/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/28/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/28/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Sindu P - westHills, CA  ·  Nov 12, 2019
excellent and well organized study material
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Christine G - Basking Ridge, NJ  ·  May 06, 2019
Very good overview
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Mary M - Saint Petersburg, FL  ·  Apr 23, 2019
The course was informative and helpful
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Ramesh G - Abu Dhabi, US  ·  Apr 18, 2019
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Akelah W - Durham, NC  ·  Apr 16, 2019
Very good presentation regarding drugs that can damage hearing. Important to consider that when prescribing.
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Price: $38.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.00